The Philippines Visa Requirements And Policy For Foreigners

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What are the current visa requirements for foreigners visiting the Philippines right now?

As of Feb 10th, fully vaccinated citizens of 157 countries, including the United States, can enter the country visa-free. Citizens from visa-restricted countries must apply for a valid visa from their nearest Philippine Consulate General or Embassy. 

However, as of April 1, 2022, a Department of Foreign Affairs issued Entry Exemption Document (EED) is no longer required for any foreign nationals.

For the complete requirements, accepted proof of vaccination, quarantine protocols, and latest Inter-Agency Task Force travel advisory, see this post on "Can I Travel To The Philippines Right Now"

The Philippines Visa Policy

A Philippine visa is an endorsed travel document by consular services at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad or an immigration officer in the Philippines denoting that the officer examined the visa application and declared the visa holder is authorized to travel to the Philippines.

The type of visa a foreigner receives depends on their country of citizenship, the purpose of visit, and length of stay.

map showing the Philippines visa policy for each country

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Visa-Free Entry Into The Philippines

Nationals of certain countries can enter the Philippines without a visa for pleasure purposes. The length of stay allowed depends on their nationality and existing bilateral agreements between the Philippines and their home country. The United States is on the visa-free list.

Generally, citizens of countries with which the Philippines has a visa-free arrangement can stay for 59 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days, or less. Depending on nationality, foreigners can extend the duration with a 6-month a Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE). The LSVVE can be extended multiple times for a maximum stay of up to 3-years.

Search in the table below to determine whether your country's passport requires a visa to enter to the Philippines.

Countries Allowed Philippines Visa-Free Entry

LIST OF COUNTRIES Allowed To Enter The Philippines Visa-Free [Click to Expand]

Countries That Can Enter The Philippines Visa Free:
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil*
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel*
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Norway
Oman
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe
*Brazil and Israel remain eligible for 59-day visa-free entry as elaborated under Section D of FSC-21·10.

 INSIDER TIP : Be Nice To The Immigration Officer At The Airport- The visa is not an automatic guarantee you can travel to the Philippines. You still request permission from the immigration officer checking your passport when you enter the country. The Philippine Immigration authorities have the discretion to admit or refuse admission to any foreigner trying to enter the Philippines.

Types of Philippines Visas For Foreigners

The Philippines has three categories of visas: the non-immigrant visa, immigrant visa, and unique class of special resident visas. The non-immigrant visa is for people who want to stay in the Philippines for a specific purpose and limited duration. The immigrant visa is for people who want to live in the Philippines permanently.

The Philippines issues Special Resident Visas to foreigners who meet specific requirements. Foreigners who generate employment, invest in Filipino businesses, or choose to retire in the Philippines can live in the country permanently, provided they meet investment and financial requirements.

Philippines Permanent Visas

What is a Philippines immigrant visa?

An immigrant visa is for foreigners looking to live, work, or move to the Philippines long-term. An immigrant visa is limited to foreign nationals from countries that allow reciprocal permanent residency and immigration privileges to Filipino nationals.

There are two categories of Philippine Immigrant Visas:

Quota Immigrant Visa- Reserved for foreign nationals who meet particular qualifications such as high educational attainment, technical knowledge, unique experience, or exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, professions, or business beneficial to the country's national interest. The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration admits a maximum quota of 50 foreigners per year.

Non-Quota Immigrant Visa- A multiple entry visa allowing entrance into the Philippines under Section 13 of the Commonwealth Act No. 613. The Non-Quota Immigrant Visa is initially valid for one year and renewals for four years. After the 4th year, the visa holder is allowed permanent residence in the Philippines. Non-Quota Immigrant Visa applicants are exempt from the 50 people per year quota.

Section 13 Long-Term Stay Immigrant Visa Types:

  • 13a Marriage Visa- Commonly referred to as a Spousal or Marriage visa, the 13a is for foreign spouses or unmarried children under 21 of a Philippine citizen. The 13a has two versions: a one-year 13a probationary and 13a permanent. 
  • 13b Children born to a foreign parent granted permanent residency in the Philippines who gave birth during a temporary visit abroad.
  • 13c For children of foreign residents born after the Philippines issued their parent's visa.
  • 13d For Filipina women and their unmarried minor children (under 21), who lost their Philippine citizenship after marrying a foreign spouse
  • 13e For permanent residents returning from a temporary foreign stay abroad then resuming their permanent residence.
  • 13f The spouse or unmarried minor children (under 21) of a foreign national granted a permanent resident visa before the approval of the Philippine Immigration Act.
  • 13g Commonly called the Balikbayan Visa- For former natural-born Filipino citizens and their dependents who have naturalized in a foreign country and wish to return to the Philippines. The 1965 Republic Act No. 4376 legalized this visa.

Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) For Foreign Citizens Of Countries Without A Reciprocity Immigration Agreement

 Citizens from visa-restricted countries who are married to a Filipino spouse are not eligible for the 13a or 13g visas. However, the Philippine government offers a probationary Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) valid for one year and extendable every two years. The TRV allows the foreigner to work in the Philippines, lease housing, and qualify for Philippine citizenship after five years of continuous residency in the country. 

What Countries Allowed Permanent Resident Visas In The Philippines?

The Philippines has one of the most accessible visa policies allowing foreigners to immigrate to the Philippines. However, permanent residency is only available to foreign nationals from 1 of 84 countries with reciprocity agreements giving the same immigration privileges to Philippine citizens.

*Hint the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom ARE on the list. 

LIST OF COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR A PHILIPPINES PERMANENT RESIDENCY VISA [Click to Expand]

Visa Applicant's Country of Citizenship
Algeria*
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Botswana
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Brazil
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt*
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
Fiji
France
Gabon
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras
Hongkong SAR
Indonesia*
Iraq
Ireland
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Lesotho
Libya*
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau SAR
Malaysia*
Malta**
Marshall Island
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Montenegro
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria*
Northern Mariana Island
Norway
Oman*
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Russia
Saudi Arabia*
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
United Kingdom
Uruguay
USA
Venezuela
* Limited to male visa applicants married to female Philippine citizen partners
** provided that the marriage took place before 24 April 2001 or the couple has been married for at least 5 years.

Philippines Temporary Visas

What is a Philippines non-immigrant visa?

A Philippines non-immigrant visa is a temporary visa issued to foreigners who want to stay in the Philippines for a specific purpose. There are different types of visas depending on the basis of your visit. Some of the most common reasons for a non-immigrant visa are tourism, transit, business, study, or employment.

Section 9 Temporary Stay Non-Immigrant Visa Types:

  • 9a Temporary Visitors Visa- Commonly referred to as the Philippines Tourist Visa. The 9a is issued for leisure, business, conferences, or medical treatments.
  • 9b Transit Visa- For visitors passing through the Philippines with a final destination outside the country.
  • 9c Crew Members and Seaman Visa- For the crew on a ship docked in a Philippine port of entry
  • 9d International Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors Visa- For foreigners from countries with existing commerce treaties with the Philippines to conduct business in the country.
  • 9e Foreign Government Officials Visas- For accredited officers of foreign governments and international NGOs
  • 9f Student Visa- For students over 18 years old attending a Philippines university, seminary, or college.
  • 9g Pre-arranged Employees Visa- Commonly referred to as the Philippines Work Visa for employees with valid employment contracts with a local registered business.

Philippines Special Visas

  • SRRV Special Resident Retiree's Visa- A multiple-entry permanent non-immigrant visa for foreign retirees with pension income over 50 years old and can meet financial deposit requirements.
  • SIRV Special Investor's Resident Visa- A non-immigrant visa for foreign nationals over 21 years old that hold shares in Philippine companies in the manufacturing or service sector, engaged in Investment Priority Plan projects, or listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • SVEG Special Visa for Employment Generation- An extended stay, multiple entry, non-immigrant visa for foreigners with direct authority to hire, fire, manage, and promote employees working in a viable and sustainable Philippine business employing at least 10 Filipino nationals.
  • SNIV Special Non-Immigrant Visa 47a(2)- Granted to foreign citizens employed by a multinational corporation's regional, area, or regional operating headquarters.
  • SEVOBU Special Employment Visa for Offshore Banking Unit- A non-immigrant visa for foreign citizens working for Philippine offshore units of foreign banks.

Philippines Visa Extensions

Can I extend a temporary or non-immigrant Philippines Visa?

Yes, under Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2013-003, citizens of a visa-free country may extend their visas in the Philippines for up to three years (36 months). Visa-restricted foreign nationals may extend their visas for up to two years (24 months).

Are extensions required for a Philippine immigrant visa?

No. Immigrant visas allow you to stay in the Philippines indefinitely, as long as the conditions of your visa issuance are still valid. For example, your 13a Marriage Visa is invalid if you are divorced.

Philippines Visa Policy Annual Reporting Requirements For Foreigners

Within the first 60 days of every year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) requires all foreign citizens to report in person to the BI Main Office at Intramuros, Manila, or the nearest participating regional or district office. 

Additionally, all immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders, including Temporary Visitor's Visa holders, who stay in the Philippines for more than 59 days, must apply for an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card. The ACR I-card must be renewed annually.

 INSIDER TIP : Benefits of the SRR Visa-  Special Resident and Retirees Visa holders are exempt from both the annual reporting and ACR I-card renewal requirements.

Philippines Visa Requirements

The complete requirements for a Philippines visa application will vary depending on the specific type of visa (immigrant vs. non-immigrant), justification (work, retirement, marriage), and duration (temporary vs. permanent). 

However, the minimum requirements for most visas include:

  • An original passport valid for at least six months and one photocopy of the passport data page
  • Duly accomplished application form and one photocopy
  • Two passport-type photographs on a plain white background
  • Medical examination by a qualified physician, including laboratory tests and x-ray results on standard-sized chest x-ray film.
  • Proof of sufficient financial capability (monthly bank statement, credit cards, pension benefits letter, etc.) 
  • Clean police background check (FBI, Interpol, or NBI clearance) 
  • Visa fee payment receipt

Examples of additional requirements can include:

  • COVID-19 Health Insurance (Visa on Arrival and 9a)
  • Proof of Marriage- Marriage certificate or license (13a)
  • Proof of Citizenship- Birth Certificate or National Passport (13b)
  • Philippine passport (13g)
  • Onward Travel Ticket (9a)
  • Employment Certificate (9g)
  • Investment Certificate (SIRV)
  • Bank Certificate (SRRV)

Philippines Embassy and Consulate Generals Worldwide

Check the drop-downs below to find the Philippines Embassy and Consulate General in your country.

Africa

CountryCityMission
EgyptCairoEmbassy
KenyaNairobiEmbassy
LibyaTripoliEmbassy
MoroccoRabatEmbassy
NigeriaAbujaEmbassy
South AfricaPretoriaEmbassy

EUROPE

CountryCityMission
HolySee[c]RomeEmbassy
SwitzerlandBernEmbassy
AustriaViennaEmbassy
BelgiumBrusselsEmbassy
Czech RepublicPragueEmbassy
DenmarkCopenhagenEmbassy
FranceParisEmbassy
GermanyBerlinEmbassy
GermanyFrankfurtConsulate-General
GreeceAthensEmbassy
HungaryBudapestEmbassy
ItalyMilanConsulate-General
ItalyRomeEmbassy
NetherlandsThe HagueEmbassy
NorwayOsloEmbassy
PolandWarsawEmbassy
PortugalLisbonEmbassy
RussiaMoscowEmbassy
SpainBarcelonaConsulate-General
SpainMadridEmbassy
SwedenStockholmEmbassy
United KingdomLondonEmbassy

North America

CountryCityMission
CanadaCalgaryConsulate-General
CanadaOttawaEmbassy
CanadaTorontoConsulate-General
CanadaVancouverConsulate-General
MexicoMexico CityEmbassy
United StatesAgana, GuamConsulate-General
United StatesChicagoConsulate-General
United StatesHonoluluConsulate-General
United StatesHoustonConsulate-General
United StatesLos AngelesConsulate-General
United StatesNew York CityConsulate-General
United StatesSan FranciscoConsulate-General
United StatesWashington, D.C.Embassy

South America

CountryCityMission
ArgentinaBuenos AiresEmbassy
BrazilBrasíliaEmbassy
ChileSantiago de ChileEmbassy

Asia

CountryCityMission
BangladeshDhakaEmbassy
BruneiBandar Seri BegawanEmbassy
CambodiaPhnom PenhEmbassy
ChinaBeijingEmbassy
ChinaChongqingConsulate-General
ChinaGuangzhouConsulate-General
ChinaHong KongConsulate-General
ChinaMacauConsulate-General
ChinaShanghaiConsulate-General
ChinaXiamenConsulate-General
EastTimorDiliEmbassy
IndiaNew DelhiEmbassy
IndonesiaJakartaEmbassy
IndonesiaManadoConsulate-General
IsraelTel AvivEmbassy
JapanNagoyaConsulate-General
JapanOsakaConsulate-General
JapanTokyoEmbassy
LaosVientianeEmbassy
MalaysiaKuala LumpurEmbassy
MyanmarYangonEmbassy
Republic of China (Taiwan)KaohsiungExtensionOffice
Republic of China (Taiwan)TaichungExtensionOffice
Republic of China (Taiwan)TaipeiEconomicandCulturalOffice
SingaporeSingaporeEmbassy
SouthKoreaSeoulEmbassy
ThailandBangkokEmbassy
TurkeyAnkaraEmbassy
TurkeyIstanbulConsulate-General
United Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiEmbassy
United Arab EmiratesDubaiConsulate-General
VietnamHanoiEmbassy

Middle East

CountryCityMission
BahrainManamaEmbassy

Oceania

CountryCityMission
AustraliaCanberraEmbassy
AustraliaMelbourneConsulate-General
AustraliaSydneyConsulate-General
NewZealandWellingtonEmbassy
PapuaNewGuineaPort MoresbyEmbassy

FAQs: Guide To Philippines Visa Policy

Can a US citizen get a visa for the Philippines?

US citizens traveling to the Philippines are eligible for non-immigrant and immigrant visas. American citizens can even enter the Philippines without a visa for short trips less than 59 days, then apply for extensions to stay in the Philippines for up to 36 months.

What is the difference between a tourist and a permanent Philippine visa?

A foreign tourist visa is a temporary visa that allows initial stays up to 30 days. A permanent visa is an immigrant visa permitting you to live and work in the Philippines indefinitely. Obtaining an immigrant visa is more complicated than a tourist visa, but it offers more benefits.

How long does it take the Philippines Embassy to process a visa application?

Processing time depends on visa type and where you submitted the visa application form. For example, the NYC Philippines Consulate states 7 to 14 business days. The London Embassy stipulates 3 to 5 days for foreign citizens from EO 408 (visa-free) countries and 10 to 15 days for non-AO 408 citizens.

How do I apply for a Philippines e-visa?

Though not the official name, the eTA system is commonly referred to as a Philippines e-visa or the Philippine online visa application system. Only citizens of Taiwan can apply for an entry permit using the Philippines Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system.

How can I get a Philippines Visa On Arrival?

The Philippines Visa on Arrival (SEVUA) is frequently misunderstood or mistaken for the Philippines Visa-Free entry privilege. Visa-free entry requirements allow citizens from the 157 countries with reciprocity immigration agreements with the Philippines to fly to and enter the country without a visa.

In contrast, the Visa Upon Arrival or SEVUA is a special visa specially available for visitors in the Philippines in an official capacity. Examples are athletes in a competition, convention speakers, NGO officials, foreign investors or business people endorsed by the Philippine government agency, or foreigners specially selected by the Bureau of Immigration Commissioner.


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